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British Airways Begins Flying from Austin, Texas Marking the First Transatlantic Service for the City

March 5, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

British Airways today launches its inaugural flight between Austin, Texas andLondon, England.  This marks the first regular transatlantic nonstop service for the city of Austin. 

The inaugural flight into Austin Bergstrom International Airport will be met by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and British Airways EVP Americas Sean Doyle.

British Airways 787 Dreamliner coming to Austin Texas. (PRNewsFoto/British Airways)

For this much anticipated route, British Airways will operate one of the newest aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The service will be available five days a week, increasing to daily flights in May.  The first flight is perfectly timed to help accommodate travelers from Europe heading to the international South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals.

The new aircraft features three cabins: Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).  The cabins feature stylish new interiors with state-of-the-art entertainment systems.  British Airways provides meals, snacks and beverages, including full-service bar for free.  Customers can also benefit from a generous baggage allowance.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and inaugural British Airways Captain Dave Willsher flying the 787 Dreamliner Simulator and welcoming British Airways to Austin, Texas. (PRNewsFoto/British Airways)

“British Airways sees a great opportunity to make a connection between the vibrant cities of London and Austin,” said Sean Doyle, EVP Americas, British Airways.  “Both cities have rich histories, brilliant arts and music scenes, and bright futures.  Equally important, today’s flight connects Austin, primed for innovation and entrepreneurship, to London, Europe and beyond.”

“As the Mayor of Austin and a former pilot, I am excited to have British Airways, one of the world’s foremost carriers, create this trans-Atlantic link.  This first time, nonstop service between ABIA and Heathrow Airport is sure to take our cities to new levels for both business and vacation travelers,” said Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.  “We look forward to a great and growing relationship between Austin, British Airways, and London.”

“Boeing is proud of its partnership with British Airways,” said Boeing Sales Director David Longridge.  “The airline continues to use the 787 Dreamliner to link passengers to new destinations and also makes sure they travel in comfort.  This new route offers travelers from Heathrow a new non-stop adventure that begins when they step on board the Dreamliner, and a chance to explore new horizons.”

The new route marks British Airways’ third destination in Texas, with the airline also serving Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.  Business and leisure travelers will fly into the modern Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport with fast connections to the city or easy transfer to onward destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.  American Airlines customers will be able to ‘earn and burn’ frequent flier miles on the new service as part of the joint business agreement between the two airlines.

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